Description

Pyli

Built almost in the middle of the island in a lush green valley with olive trees, Pyli is 15 km from Kos Town and 4 km from Marmari.

A walk in Peli, as it was named in antiquity, will transport you back in time; a time where the land was totally untouched by tourism. All you have to do is get lost in the narrow streets with stone houses, located around the picturesque square with traditional cafes and small, family tavernas.

Dedicate some time to view the Pyliotiko House; an old house which was configured to faithfully represent the hall, kitchen and bedroom of a traditional house. Very close by you'll come across a source with crystal clear waters that run from 6 major fountains. Right next to it you'll notice ancient vaults. Don't forget to also visit the chapel of Stavros and, right next to it, the Charmyleion; a burial site dating back to the Hellenistic period.

The small freshwater pond of Pyli or Neromana is located 1.5 km northwest of the settlement and has an area of 3.2 acres and was created in the 1920s, by order of Italians to tackle the problem of water scarcity. Nowadays, sea turtles have sought shelter here, as well as eels and ducks, while the flora includes poplars, oleanders and wild freshwater reeds.

Located 4 km from the village you'll find the old half-ruined settlement, Pyli, with the 11th century Byzantine castle towering on the hilltop. What will surely impress you is the view from this point, as your eyes will travel across the sea from Marmari to Pserimos, Kalymnos and the coast of Asia Minor (especially the Bodrum peninsula).

Two of the places worth visiting in Palaio Pyli are the 14th century church of Ipapantis (many archaeologists believe that a temple of the goddess Demeter was at the point) and the small church of the Byzantine ruler Michail.